CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Sept 23):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 3,18,29,935; Total Deaths: 976,356 Recovered: 2,34,31,243 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 1,05,226; Total Deaths: 9,955 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 45,95,335; Total deaths: 1,38,159 CANADA:- Total Cases: 1,46,663; Total Deaths: 9,234 CHINA:- Total Cases: 85,307 ; Total Deaths: 4,635 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 4,68,069; Total Deaths: 31,416 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 2,77,420; Total Deaths: 9,494 INDIA:- Total Cases: 56,50,540; Total Deaths: 90,077 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 2,57,388; Total Deaths: 9,977 IRAN:- Total Cases: 4,32,798; Total Deaths: 24,840 ITALY:- Total Cases: 3,00,897; Total Deaths: 35,738 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 79,438 ; Total Deaths: 1,508 MEXICO:- Total Cases: 7,05,263; Total Deaths: 74,348 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 98,240; Total Deaths: 6,291 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 2,94,591; Total Deaths: 5,091 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 11,22,241; Total Deaths: 19,799 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 23,216; Total Deaths:388 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 6,82,267; Total Deaths: 30,904 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 89,436 Total Deaths: 5,870 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 51,101; Total Deaths: 2,060 UAE:- Total Cases: 87,530; Total Deaths: 406 UK:- Total Cases: 4,03,551; Total Deaths: 41,825; US:- Total Cases: 70,98,291; Total Deaths: 2,05,491 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
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A four-time Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka's Belagavi, Suresh Angadi's death is the first casualty in the Union Cabinet due to coronavirus. Modi in his tributes said, he was an "exceptional Karyakarta, who worked hard to make the party strong in Karnataka. He was a dedicated MP and effective Minister."
The rationing of oxygen to covid patients in Maharashtra is at the rate of 12 litres per minute per patient in the ICU and 7 litres per minute per patient in the wards while the doctors assert that a covid patient on ICU/ventilator requires about 80 litres per minute several times a day. The Government claims there is no shortage in production. But short supply reportedly led to higher deaths.
Forty three countries provide visa-on-arrival facility and 36 countries provide e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport-holders, apart from the 16 which offer visa-free entry.
OPINION: When vaccines are still a distant possibility and a new medicine is nowhere in sight, how will we deal with the ferocious coronavirus rampaging the earth. We need to turn to the doctors who have in the past few months gathered the necessary knowledge and experience to deal with the new epidemic. They have started saving more lives. How everyone, everywhere can benefit from their contribution is the question. We have no functional networking mechanism for medical personnel. Trump was absolutely right when he said, he was cutting off funds to the WHO, the white elephant.
The latest development is that a medicine surrounding heparin may emerge as the solution for coronavirus. Heparin is an anticoagulant. A broad anti-viral treatment with heparin and heparin-like drugs may also be the solution to all future zoonotic coronaviruses and other viral pathogens.

The Tatas worked with the CSIR-IGIB and the ICMR to produce this world class Feluda test for coronavirus using CRISPR technology, said to possess futuristic values. Feluda is quick, economocal, accurate like 'gold standard' RT-PCR, easy to use and Made in India.

The building collapse incident occurred in Patel Compound area in Bhiwandi near Thane at 3:40 am. Twenty people are still missing. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), fire brigade and police teams were carrying out rescue efforts. At least three such building collapses occurred in Mumbai in the past month.
As there is another wave of coronavirus cases, Britain has introduced a very high penalty for violators of isolation rules. The penalty will come into force from September 28. According to the new rule, people who have symptoms or test positive must be in self-isolation for 10 days. Around 42,000 people have died of coronavirus in the UK so far.
SARS-CoV-2 initially infects ciliary cells of the nasal mucosa, which becomes the ideal base of infection. A nasal decontamination by iodine reduces the risk to the patient by decreasing the viral load going to the lungs by deactivating them in the nasal mucosa, the source. Since PVP-I rapidly inactivates SARS-CoV-2, it can also play an adjunctive role in mitigating viral transmission to other people. Droplets and aerosols will be less infective.
The ricin letter addressed to White House was intercepted. Investigators are looking into any terror angle. The mails addressed to the White House is sorted in a facility that samples the air for suspicious substances. There have been numerous such cases in the past too. Letters containing ricin were sent to Obama, Bloomberg, Senators, judges etc.
The user charge would be nominal, and applicable in 10-15 per cent of the 7,000 railway stations across the country. It will be charged along with train fares at major stations. The amount has not been fixed.
If Governments are deciding and putting a cap on school fees, who will pay the salaries? And there are several other heads of expenditure too, it is explained. Now with the onslaught of the corona pandemic, school education itself is at the crossroads. It is no surprise the schools are on sale.
The brucellosis outbreak came from a leak at the Lanzhou biological pharmaceutical factory, which produces brucella vaccines for animals. The factory used expired disinfectants and sanitisers with the result, not all bacteria were eradicated. The aerosols carried by the exhaust gas from the factory spread in the neighbouring areas leading to the outbreak.

Researchers undertook a study of 55 patients who were discharged about three months earlier. Discharge is not the end of the story. Convalescence in corona patients will be a drawn-out process. Seventy per cent of the patients studied presented lung scans showing severe damages. (Sometimes confused as reinfection.) They had elevated levels of D-dimer needing urgent pulmonary rehabilitation to restore the lung function.

Ashok Gasti, a lawyer, rose through the ranks of the BJP from the grass-roots in Karnataka. Manipal Hospital said he had severe covid pneumonia and suffered multi-organ failure. He was on life support in the ICU and died on Thursday night. "Shri Ashok Gasti was a dedicated Karyakarta," Modi tweeted.
The resignation of Harsimrat Kaur was announced by her husband and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. The SAD has been under pressure from farmers of Punjab who are against the Bills. While the BJP claimed the Bills will empower the farmers, the Opposition parties said they would lead to abolition of the MSP. The SAD is the second party to have had serious differences with the BJP in recent times, after Shiv Sena.
The Maharashtra Government said there is no need to panic even as there was scare in Mumbai as the social media began spreading rumours about the new prohibitory orders and increasing cases of coronavirus. The police said that in the face of the heightened threat of the covid pandemic, the prohibitory order has been extended till September 30. There are no new restrictions, they clarified. Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded 2,411 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,78,385, and 43 new deaths, the total casualty going up to 8320.
American First Lady Melania Trump's burnt wooden statue in her native place in Slovenia has been replaced with a bronze one. The arson is suspected to have been a part of an anti-Trump wave of violence at that time spreading to other countries. It is a paradox that US President Donald Trump, the author of the new American anti-immigration policy, is married to an immigrant. Social media described the statue as a scarecrow, trash, ashtray and worse. However, the little known, small Sevnica town has become a tourist attraction.
Clone trains are copy of the already operational trains run by the Indian Railways. It is an additional train when the volume of waitlisted tickets for a particular train is very high. In short, when the booking is full for a train and the waiting list is too long (as usual), then an additional train will be run to carry the waitlisted passengers. This is as simple as running an additional bus when due to some reason there is huge rush on a route. It is usually done by transport offices and even the Railways also have been running additional or special trains during festivals and summers from day one! What is new? A surplus bureaucracy justifying its existence!
The YSR Congress MP was admitted to a hospital in Chennai three weeks ago after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Balli Durga Prasad Rao was 65. Rao became a TDP MLA in 1985. He joined YSRC in 2019. Rao was School Education Minister in the Chandrababu Naidu Cabinet in the undivided Andhra Pradesh during 1996-98.

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